Using Voice Technology in Underserved Populations
To begin addressing these complex issues, through the Battle for Our Babies initiative we envisioned a digital assistant that offers stress management skills for use among underserved perinatal women and infants.
Both maternal and infant mortality rates serve as indicators of population health and are associated with accessibility of health services. Globally, more than 800 women die dailydue to pregnancy and childbirth-related outcomes. In the United States, infant mortality rates are approximately 71 percent higher than comparable countries, and non-Hispanic Black populations experience higher rates of infant mortality compared to non-Hispanic whites.
Maternal child health remains a public health priority and practices to improve outcomes are urgently needed. Recognizing this, the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration held a global summit to identify innovative and evidence-based approaches to decrease maternal mortality and severe morbidity rates. Key findings recommend improving:
- Access to patient-centered care
- Quality of care
- Types and distribution of health care providers
- Continuity of care following a life course model
- Data quality and availability
- Quality and consistency of review committees through collaboration and technical assistance
To enhance quality and access to health promotion efforts for underserved perinatal women and their infants who may be subject to adverse effects of social determinants of health and chronic stress, our goal is to design, develop and evaluate a theoretically guided, digital assistant.
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